Composed almost entirely of short monologues by the ghostly inhabitants of the cemetery, it reads less like a conventional novel and more like a drama, or perhaps a scrapbookRead more "Lincoln in the Bardo"
When his novel G. won the Booker Prize in 1972, Berger gave half of the prize money to the Black Panthers.Read more "RIP John Berger"
Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon. #begorrathon16Read more "First Chapter, First Paragraph, First Lightship"
“I find it unimaginable that the Pulitzer or the National Book Award people in the United States would ever open their prizes to Brits and Australians. They wouldn’t.”Read more "Should Americans Be in the Booker Prize? Peter Carey Thinks Not (UPDATED)"
The Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist for this year’s award this morning, and for the first time in Booker history two American novelists are included.Read more "And Then There Were Six: Booker Prize Shortlist Announced"
He is a master craftsman who writes shimmering prose, but his protagonists are the sorts that you would probably wish to avoid in real life: self-obsessed, self-deluded, duplicitous and amoral men with shameful secrets to hide.Read more "Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read John Banville"
The shortlist will be announced on September 9th, giving you more than enough time to read the blurbs and a few reviews so that you can talk bullsh*t at dinner partiesRead more "Thirteen Novels You Need To Pretend You Have Read This Summer: The Man Booker Longlist"
Years ago he signed my copy of Mefisto, and I see his distinctive handwriting hasn’t changed. Are there any graphologists out there who would care to decipher his personality from his elegant copperplate?Read more "Banville in the Borders"
Banville’s mordant sense of humour usually veers towards the cynical, the morbid, and the sad bewilderment of the world. But here he presents us with a narrator who is quite happily astonished by what he sees.Read more "“The Infinities” by John Banville (book review)"
Impress your friends with your impressive knowledge of all those Booker-winning novels you’ve never read.Read more "The Booker Prize. Part One: 1969 – 1989"